“There’s been so much discussion recently about how libraries need to go to where the users are, develop and deliver services in micro-formats, take the library mobile. We’ve been covering it in Computers in Libraries magazine and it’s a topic on the program at Internet Librarian. Thanks to our partnership with Mosio, I’m glad to say we’re going to get to give attendees in Monterey a feeling for how it can apply in a real-life setting, by taking our own thick program, micro,” said Dick Kaser, Information Today’s VP of Content.
Check the program out on your mobile and make sure you attend Track C on Tues Oct 27 — Mobile Trends & Practices!
Jay Sachdev, CTO and Co-Founder, Mosio, texts a librarian
I must confess that once I hit the Libarry 2.0 pavilion at the ALA Expo, I never got out. Though there were less than a dozen vendors occupying that piece of show floor real estate, each had a fascinating story to tell.
When Mosio co-founder Jay Sachdev caught me taking a photo of Mosio’s Text a Librarian booth, he invited me in for a demo of the service that can empower your virtual reference desk.
Though those who text-in to your library remain anonymous, the software gives them a unique ID which helps you track the transaction. You can set up autoresponders by time of day for politely informing readers who text in during off-hours that you have a real life, too, and will get back to them in the morning. The software has reporting features, too. And the best news of all is the price tag, which Jay said is $100 a month for up to 10 library laptops.
Sounds like a great way to take your reference desk virtual.
For questions where 100% accuracy may not be the key requirement–and who says the winsdom of the crowd is wrong?–Mosio has also been offering a Twitter based Q&A service, where anyone can text in a question for other Twitter members to answer. Kind of like KGB, for free? To Learn more and see what questions are being asked and what answers are being given, check out: Twitter Answers . . .
Supporting mobile users is one of the hottest topics in libtech these days and was a key discussion point during LITA’s Top Tech Trends forum earlier this week.
Jay says Text a Librarian will integrate with your existing email and IM/Chat services, there’s nothing to download and no software to install, and as an extra bonus you’ll get RefStart, a web-based reference application that will help you answer all those questions that come streaming in.
[Call For Speakers] Start planning your schedule at this year's #InternetLibrarian and submit a proposal by the 10th of April, to speak in our online event on October 17-19, 2023! http://ow.ly/vvX830suyvk
[Call For Speakers] Start planning your schedule at this year's #InternetLibrarian and submit a proposal to speak on October 17-19, 2023 at our online event! Deadline for submissions is April 10th! http://ow.ly/WzqB30suyvj
@INNOV8game #CILDC keynote on #Library #Communities, #AI & Possible Futures was terrific! Excited to hear a new book, parenting guide to AI, coming soon! #Internetlibrarian @ALALibrary @culc_cbuc @ARLnews @IFLACPDWL
Look for our director @cmairn at #CILandILConnect next month. He will be highlighting the educational possibilities using @spatialxr and other #VR technologies. More info at https://pheedloop.com/IL2021/site/home/.